In November, we shared the news with you that Michigan’s lieutenant governor had curated three new playlists for Mizzen: on social and emotional learning, youth entrepreneurship and 21st century skills.
Lt. Gov. Gilchrist’s Grow and Go - SEL playlist is especially timely.
In December, U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Vivek Murthy issued a national advisory on young people’s mental health. He urged educators to provide more resources and create more affirming educational settings with expanded SEL programs.
We know the OST field is stepping up to respond. Afterschool and summer programs have been a lifeline to young people during the pandemic and recovery. The new playlist can help your programs expand on this work.
Designed for this moment, Gilchrist’s SEL playlist offers meditation and mindfulness techniques for managing stress, and activities to help young people navigate tricky conversations, prevent bullying and better understand themselves and their peers. It also empowers students, connecting them to their communities through service projects, leadership and participation in the democratic process.
“We all have navigated so much over the last two years, and that’s particularly true of our young people,” said Gilchrist. “I think it’s important to ground ourselves in how we can manage our social and emotional well-being because ultimately that will determine how we show up in the world.”